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What is open scholarship?
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Open scholarship is inclusive of all the ways in which scholars communicate their work that is free to access. While traditionally this has been through journal articles and books, it also includes research data, teaching materials, conference proceedings, and more.

Why open? To provide equitable access to scholarship for everyone who wants it rather than having it locked behind paywalls or other obstructions. Also, open licenses allow authors to keep the rights to their own work so that they may use it in their teaching and distribute it as they see fit. Open access publishing allows for the work to have a greater impact and accumulate more citations from other scholars who are using your work to inform theirs.

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Open Access: Author Fund
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Provides support for LSU faculty and students to publish their work in open access journals
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American Chemical Society Open Access Transformative Agreement
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Provides for up to 30 LSU faculty or students to publish open access in any ACS journal
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MDPI Open Access Institutional Sponsorship
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Provides LSU researchers a 10% discount on open access article processing charges for MDPI journals
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BioMed Central Membership
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Provides a 15% discount on open access article processing charges for BioMed Central journals
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SpringerOpen Membership
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Provides a 15% discount on open access APCs for Springer fully open access journals only
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Open Access Community Investment Program Pilot Participant: Combinatorial Theory
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Combinatorial Theory journal made open access through 2025
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Punctum Books Membership
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Allows publishing of open access books with no publication fees for authors
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MIT Direct2Open
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Provides open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections from 2022
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Scholarly Repository
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Open access to LSU scholarship including articles, dissertations & theses, research data, and more.
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CloudSource Open Access
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Database of curated open access research articles, eBooks, and open educational resources.
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Open Scholarship
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LSU Libraries supports open access publishing and open educational resources in many ways.
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